by Brad Berkner
Are you a designer? Are you a front-end developer or are passionate about project management? These are questions the iMedia students ask of themselves before entering the program. Some students arrive at Elon with clear determination and specific goals while others find their path along the way. Many students find their path through course work and social engagement. As they prepare to graduate next week, I’ve asked our Class of 2012 what they thought entering the program and how it has stayed true to, or altered, their path.
I didn’t know what to expect when I first entered the program. I could barely even describe what interactive media was. However, I suspected I would learn skills like making a website. This program seemed to be skill based which was the reason I decided to take on this challenge. What I’ve learned surpassed my expectations. Coming into the program not knowing anything about interactive media and leaving with an arsenal of skills is very rewarding. Unlike my undergraduate degree, I feel like I can actually get a job based on what I’ve learned. There are students who feel the program did not offer enough in video, social media, or marketing. This program is great for people like me who are eager to learn and take on new challenges.
When I entered the iMedia program, my hope was to increase my skill set and find something I’m passionate about. I also hoped I would be challenged and grow as a person. iMedia has given me the opportunity to do something I love. In this world, you have to work and everyone should enjoy what they do. I’m happy to say I’m one of those people and iMedia taught me how to achieve my goals. I wasn’t 100% sure about a specific career or skill coming into the program but I learned quickly what I was passionate about. iMedia provides great flexibility for students to explore and mold their own futures.
Originally, I wanted to do web development. I wanted to be able to design and build a website from start to finish. In answering whether this has met my goals, I would say yes and no. I learned what I set out to learn (scratched the surface), but I have an appreciation for the strategy and creativity behind the project as well. I’m not sure if I want to be a full-time developer, but I do want to incorporate it into a strategic production career.
Entering the program, I expected to learn a range of skills and an overview of theory and social media best practices. It has definitely aligned with my goals of becoming a project manager for digital projects, as I now have full understanding of the digital media landscape.